Christmas Tree Cinnamon Rolls

December 8, 2016


Serves: 2 trees

Ingredients

Dough

  • 4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 envelopes Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup plus 1/4 cup butter OR margarine
  • 2 eggs

Filling and Icing

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Spice Islands® Ground Saigon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup green chocolate coated candies

Directions

  1. Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, undissolved yeast and salt in large mixer bowl.
  2. Heat milk, water and 1/3 cup butter until very warm (120° to 130°F); butter does not need to melt.
  3. Add to flour mixture; beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally.
  4. Add eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally.
  5. Stir in remaining flour to make stiff batter; grease top. Cover tightly with plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 hours or up to 2 days.
  6. Remove dough from refrigerator and punch dough down.
  7. Remove dough to lightly floured surface; divide in half. Set aside 1 half. Roll remaining dough to 16x10-inch rectangle.
  8. Melt remaining 1/4 cup butter; brush 2 tablespoons over dough.
  9. Sprinkle evenly with half of cinnamon filling.
  10. Beginning at long end, roll up tightly as for jelly roll; pinch seam to seal. With sharp knife, cut roll into 12 equal pieces.
  11. On lower third of large greased baking sheet, arrange 4 rolls, cut sides up, in a row with edges touching.
  12. Form tree shape with additional rows of rolls - 3 rolls in second row, 2 rolls in third row, 1 roll in fourth row, and 2 for the trunk. Repeat with remaining dough, butter and filling. Cover; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 30 to 45 minutes.
  13. Bake at 375°F for 15 to 20 minutes or until done, switching positions of sheets halfway through baking time for even browning.
  14. Remove from sheets; let cool on wire racks. Drizzle with Vanilla icing. Decorate "trees" with green and red candies.
  15. Cinnamon Filling: Combine sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Stir well.
  16. Vanilla Icing: Combine powdered sugar, milk and vanilla in a small bowl. Stir until smooth.

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